Do you feel like stress is getting in the way of your success?
How does stress affect us?
A certain level of stress can help us focus and be more productive but too much stress has the opposite effect. It’s important to know how much stress you’re comfortable with and when it starts to damage your performance.
It isn’t always easy to tell when someone, even yourself, is experiencing too much stress. We’re all affected differently by stress – stress is personal.
When stress starts to impact us, we become an exaggerated version of ourselves. What are normally our strengths become our weaknesses.
When we experience even more stress, we start to act out of character: losing objectivity or ignoring other people’s feelings. This has a negative impact on both ourselves and those around us.
Effective coping techniques for stress help people to:
Improve their performance at work
Make better use of time and resources
Improve relationships by reducing conflict
Once you understand your reaction to stress, you can develop effective, personal coping mechanisms. If you usually prefer to be independent, you might benefit from opening up to a friend or colleague for advice. If you like being around lots of people, a small break alone to clear your head could help.
Stress management: the next steps
Want to learn more about how our personalities influence our response to stress?
Here are some materials to get you started.
Our introduction to stress gives you key stats and facts about what stress is, the causes, how it affects people and what you can do to cope. Download it here.
Infographic Take a look at key facts and information about how stress affects us, as well as tips on managing stress. View our infographic here.
We’ve undertaken research into the causes of stress and what people do to handle it. Find out more by downloading our Quick Guide.
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